In Response to the April 2nd Oikos University Shooting

by Coty McKenzie on April 21, 2012

Tucson, AZ- On the morning of April 2nd a tragedy fell on the community of Oakland, CA where ten students at Oikos University were shot by a criminal gunman. The gunman took the lives of seven students as recent reports state.

This tragic event, one of the worst mass shootings in the history of the state, took place on the first day of the Students for Concealed Carry’s annual Empty Holster Protest. This protest, which takes place during the first week of April, is a nationwide event that spans across campuses nationwide, including campuses in Arizona. The protest involves students wearing empty holsters on campus to protest the discrepancy on gun laws on and off college campuses. They state that current “gun-free zones” do nothing but take firearms out of the hands of law-abiding citizens, making them defenseless targets for criminals. Students for Concealed Carry members advocate for allowing concealed handgun license holders to carry concealed on public university and college campuses.

“This [tragedy] is a poignant and ironic example of the very thing we’re protesting,” said David Burnett, the organization’s spokesman. “Colleges invite these shootings by guaranteeing criminals their victims will be disarmed. It takes more than signs to fend off killers.”

Over 20 such college shootings have occurred on so-called “gun-free” campuses since 2001. At the same time, more than 200 campuses in six states allow students to carry handguns to class, and have done so for years without incident. Arizona was presented with a bill this year, SB 1474, which would have allowed campus carry with a concealed weapons permit however unfortunately the bill failed to make it out of the Senate.

This protest is meant to signify that people need the option to protect themselves on campuses just as they have that option throughout the majority of the rest of the state of Arizona. Last week on the University of Arizona Campus several students was robbed and assaulted leading to a student being hospitalized. The protest stresses that campuses cannot guarantee students safety while on campus; it is time to give students the option to protect themselves.

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Welcome to Arizona SCC’s New Website

by Erik Soderstrom on March 31, 2012

Welcome, Arizona Students for Concealed Carry has a new website.  SCC’s national board has been working hard to put more control into the hands of our state directors and campus leaders, and state-level websites are just one part of that effort.  In the coming weeks, we’ll be adding a lot more information about SCC in Arizona to this site, so be sure to check back frequently.  In the meantime, feel free to check the old state page at concealedcampus.org/states/arizona/.  If your campus isn’t listed, start organizing and apply to become a Campus Leader at concealedcampus.org/apply/.

Although there’s not much here now, we hope this site will become a valuable resource for SCC’s Arizona members and campuses.  And finally, don’t hesitate to send us feedback, and let us know how this site could better serve you.  You can reach the Arizona State Director by email at arizona@concealedcampus.org.

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